Toilet training is a challenging task for both babies and their parents. However, the process can be smooth and successful with the correct information and guidance. From the signs of readiness to the best techniques and approaches, we will provide you with expert advice on toilet training your baby.
Signs of Readiness
Before you begin toilet-training your little one, it’s important to ensure they are physically, cognitively, and behaviorally ready. This means looking for signs indicating your baby is ready to start toilet training.
Physical signs indicate that your baby should be able to stay dry for longer periods. This shows that their bladder muscles are now strong enough to hold urine.
They may also be able to communicate their needs by pulling up their diaper or pants.
Cognitive signs of readiness include an understanding of basic concepts like wet and dry and an ability to communicate that their diaper needs to be changed.
Behaviorally, your baby may show an interest in the bathroom or want to imitate older siblings or parents using the toilet.
Toilet training can typically begin for children between the ages of 18 months to 3 years old, but it’s important to note that every child is unique and may show readiness at varying times.
Pushing your baby to begin before they are ready can lead to frustration and setbacks. Instead, wait until your baby shows signs of readiness and is comfortable with the process.
Equipment and Supplies
To succeed in toilet training, you’ll need the right equipment and supplies.
We recommend using a toilet training chair, a step stool, and comfortable underpants.
You’ll also need natural water-based baby wipes to keep your baby clean and fresh during the process. Our experts advise using natural baby wipes.
Techniques and Approaches
There are several toilet training techniques and approaches that you can use, depending on your baby’s needs and preferences.
The no-diaper method involves slowly and gradually eliminating the use of diapers whenever at home so that your toddler signals to you when they have to use the toilet. It will make them understand the wet feeling.
The reward method involves giving your baby a small reward, like a toddler toy or a piece of candy, every time they successfully use the toilet chair.
Remember to use positive reinforcement, as this can shape your baby’s motivation and confidence.
Don’t make your baby forcefully sit on the toilet too long if they are not doing poo or wee. The forceful attempts can make them think of this as a punishment.
Creating a Routine
Creating a consistent toilet training routine is key to success.
Set a schedule for when your baby should use the toilet training seat, and establish rituals like washing hands after every use.
Positive reinforcement is also important at this stage; hence show praise and encouragement when your baby successfully uses the potty chair.
Consistency and patience are paramount, as it can take time for your baby to get used to the routine.
Feed your baby enough fiber and plenty of water to avoid constipation.
Toilet training can be challenging, and it’s important to be prepared for setbacks.
Common challenges include accidents, resistance, and regression. If your baby has an accident, remain calm and encourage them to try again. Do not scold them or shout at them.
If they show resistance, take a break and try again later. Regression is also common, especially if your baby is going through a major change, like starting daycare or preschool.
In these situations, being patient and supporting your baby is important.
Training your baby to use the toilet can take a lot of time and requires patience. It's important to have realistic expectations and be prepared to wait for progress. It's also normal to experience setbacks during the process. Your baby may take weeks or even months to fully grasp the routine. Celebrate small successes along the way, and don’t forget to be gentle and supportive. When your baby is ready to transition from the training toilet to the regular toilet, it’s important to make the transition as easy and comfortable as possible.
Though toilet training is a long and challenging process, it can be a rewarding experience for you and your little one if done with the right approach. At Baby Forest, we believe in providing the best possible care for your newborn baby. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well on your way to successfully toilet training your baby.
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